- Long queues at the BaoPublishing stand for the now legendary copies of Zerocalcare who tirelessly donates time and drawings to his fans and to the ever-growing array of comic readers, challenging the heat and the boom in visitors at the Turin Book Fair.
Super awaited his meeting today, May 21, in which he talks about his next comic book, a graphic journalism sui generis that is a kind of sequel to 'Kobane Calling', which will be released in the autumn of 2022 and of which at the end unveils the title live. "No sleep till Shengal '
"It's a kind of travelogue that I made in June last year in northern Iraq, in particular in a region called Shengal from which the Ezidi originate, a population that is part of Kurdistan, but they are of a pre-Islamic religion. A minority that has always been massacred and discriminated against over the years. In 2014 there was a very heavy massacre by Isis that raped a lot of women and girls.
This is why the Ezidis fled that region and then, helped by the Kurds, they took it back and since then they have a kind of autonomy in that area.
That autonomy which is based on the principles of the Kurdish revolution, therefore on the liberation of women, coexistence between all peoples and self-defense at this time is threatened by the Iraqi state which wants to take back that territory and Turkey which incessantly bombards them from a year, killing the civilian population but also the representatives of autonomy and the autonomous administration because this enclave linked to the Kurds does not exist ", anticipates to ANSA Zerocalcare." Since it was and still is a particularly serious situation, in the sense that it gives a moment to moment that
But is it a sequel to Kobane Calling, the bestseller of which an updated edition came out in 2020?
"It is very difficult to understand what the sequel is when talking about true stories because they are stories that never end. When one finishes writing a book it is not that things do not keep happening. Now Turkey is the greatest threat to that area. To give continuity to this thing is important to me, if not it seems that you used that stuff only to sell a book and then move on to something else.
If one has a cause at heart it should stay with that ".
What about the war in Ukraine?
"I don't want to talk about it because I'm not an expert. While I've been there in Kurdistan and I know what we're talking about, Ukraine and the Ukrainian conflict most of us discovered it on February 23, 2022. Already many people say things, I don't I want to join that choir. I can only repeat what I read in the newspapers or on TV. Obviously I'm as apprehensive as any person of common sense, normal "explains Zerocalcare while fans wait in long queues of up to 5 hours to get copies signed .
After the success of the animated series Tear Along the Edges, other TV projects?
"There's a new story I'm doing for Netflix that isn't Season 2 of Tear Along the Edges' but a whole new thing with the same principle as the books. Instead of doing the sequel I try to make a story about something. 'other, however, with my characters. Netflix does justice to my family if I tell you what it's about. We are at a fairly advanced stage, but the animation times are long ".
The signing of copies, he says as fans demand it, "I do it to get at par with Karma and then because I actually do a job where I am at home alone, it's super alienating not to have contact with people. It's a dimension. human, "he says.
Tomorrow, May 22, he will give life to a cartoon live with other artists.